TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Prosecutors will begin laying out Tuesday what they believe happened during a middle-of-the night rampage in which two Oklahoma teenage brothers are charged with fatally stabbing their parents and three of their younger siblings.
The hearing is for a judge to determine if there is enough evidence for 19-year-old Robert Bever and 17-year-old Michael Bever to stand trial on first-degree murder charges. Both have pleaded not guilty in the July killings of their parents, David Bever, 52, and April Bever, 44, and their siblings Daniel Bever, 12, Christopher Bever, 7, and Victoria Bever, 5. Two siblings survived the rampage, and one is expected to testify at the hearing.
Prosecutors have alleged the brothers conspired to kill their family, but have not yet detailed what they believe led to the stabbings, and Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler has said there was no evidence Michael Bever was abused before the attack. A police affidavit says one of the teens told officers he kept plans for a “mass homicide” stored on a computer drive inside the home, but does not specify which brother.
Autopsy reports show the family members were stabbed dozens of times and died of multiple, sharp-force injuries. The report noted that David Bever had at least 28 total wounds and April Bever had at least 48.
After the bodies were discovered at the family’s home in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, a police dog tracked the two teens, then 16 and 18, into a wooded area behind the house.
In addition to the electronic device with plans on it, investigators also removed from the home knives, swords, machetes, cellphones, gloves, darts, a black mask, an atlas, computers, Kevlar knit sleeves and wireless cameras, according to police affidavits.
By many neighbors’ accounts, the Bevers kept to themselves — the siblings played alone in the backyard, walked down neighborhood streets bunched together and their parents didn’t socialize much. David Bever’s former co-workers at a local IT department described him as a quiet man.
The hearing is scheduled for two days. A judge earlier had rejected Michael Bever’s request to be tried as a juvenile. Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to seek the death penalty against Robert Bever.
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